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Civil War Trust

Emancipation

1865
Thomas Nast

This drawing by famous Civil War illustrator, Thomas Nast, depicts the positive effects of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. On the left are depictions of African-American life before emancipation. On the right are depictions of what life will be like after emancipation. In the middle, an African-American family enjoys the peace and happiness of freedom, with Lincoln's portrait underneath.

Emancipation, drawing by Thomas Nast

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